NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday held a meeting with 25 Members of Parliament where it was agreed that police operations being carried out will be in accordance with the law.
The meeting was also attended by Internal Security Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo and Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo.
President Kenyatta assured the MPs that the ongoing operation was not targeting any particular community but was meant to bolster the internal security of the nation.
“This operation is only targeting crime and terror and all of us must be supportive. It is in the interest of all of us to have a secure country” said the President.
The MPs from the Somali community and a cross-section of political parties, were in agreement that the campaign against crime was necessary because it was hurting the community just like other Kenyans.
The MPs agreed with the President and the DP that the operation has to be undertaken in accordance with the law.
The President and his deputy attended the first session of the meeting with the MPs who were led by Majority Leader Aden Duale. The MPs later had a second session with Iringo and Kimaiyo.
This is the second meeting the President has held with Somali leaders since the upsurge in terror attacks in Kenya started and the first since the police operation started.
The first meeting involved Duale, Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji, Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan and members of the Eastleigh Business Community and it was agreed that an action group would be constituted by the community to work with government to disrupt terror networks.
Wednesday’s meeting involved MPs not only from Jubilee but also from other parties like ODM’s Abdikadir Aden (Balambala), Ibrahim Abass (Ijara) and UDF’s Hassan Osman (nominated).
The government was forced to launch the operations after an upsurge of terror attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa which have been attributed to the Al-Shabaab terror network.
The group has been issuing threats that Kenya would suffer consequences for sending its forces to stabilise Somalia.
The Westgate terror attack in which many innocent Kenyans died was claimed by Al-Shabaab.
Besides the operations in Nairobi and other cities, police have also launched operations in cattle rustling areas to reduce the vice.